When remodeling your home, you are exposed to many dangerous irritants that could seriously impact your health and safety. If you are doing any kind of work that will expose you to airborne particles, you should be wearing these following safety items.
Dust masks: In dusty and dirty work environments, safety is crucial. One of the easiest ways to keep your lungs healthy and safe when remodeling is by using a dust mask. A dust mask is made to easily fit over your nose and mouth to allow air to be pulled in through, while dust stays on the outside of the mask- away from your mouth. These masks are especially useful for deep cleaning of your house or when working in a yard filled of pollen. It’s important to make sure that your dust mask fits properly to prevent leaks. The same goes for a slightly ripped or damaged mask.
Ear plugs: Exposure to loud sounds over time can cause a drastic loss in hearing. A simple way to help curb this hearing loss is by using ear plugs. The earplugs of today are designed to not only protect you against unsafe noise levels, but also for comfort. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, come with or without strings, and some can even be reused. It’s important to note that ear plugs should be worn when using or being exposed to any machine that is louder than a lawn mower.
Respirators: A respirator is a type of mask that is made to protect your lungs against irritants such as chemicals, fumes and dust. They come in handy especially when painting, cutting or sanding wood or ripping down walls. There are a variety of types to choose from, including disposable and air purifying respirators. The disposable respirators look very similar to dust masks, but include a few extra features (like double straps and a nose clip) for a more secure fit to the face. Reusable respirators are not only effective, but also user-friendly, lightweight and durable- so there is no excuse to not be safe during your remodel.
Safety glasses: Most of the eye injuries that happen when remodeling a home are from flying items, including particles of glass, dirt, wood or metal. If these items penetrate the eye, they will cause serious eye injury and even a permanent loss of sight. A simple way to protect your eyes from these hazards is with a pair of safety glasses. Most of these glasses types are transparent and made of plastic, but there are a variety of styles for you to choose from. These options include ultra-light designs and different magnifications, colors and tints.